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City centre and ferry wharf

Discover Nouméa on foot

As you disembark right in the heart of the capital, you are just a few minutes’ walk from shops, cafes, restaurants, museums, all surrounding the iconic Place des Cocotiers (Coconut Square). You have quick access to numerous activities and leisure options, even for very short stopovers. Don’t hesitate any longer; step out of the terminal and let yourself be captivated by the lively city centre and its many monuments, blending Pacific tranquillity with French modernity!

10 must-sees in the city centre

All things to see and do

Whether you’re travelling as a couple or with family, immerse yourself in the heart of our lively city and discover numerous entertaining urban activities for all ages: museums, laser tag, art galleries, mini-golf, arcades, Segway rides, and more…

Stroll through the city centre and be charmed by its historical heritage. From Place des Cocotiers to its churches and market, you’ll enjoy a lively escape into the capital,

Lunch, snack, brunch… Discover the best addresses in the city centre to enjoy typical French cuisine and local flavours. From seafood restaurants to cosy cafes, bakeries to creperies, there’s something for every palate.

In the mood for a shopping spree? Head downtown and to the Latin Quarter, where you’ll find numerous shops, small boutiques, and major brands. It’s the ideal place to shop and bring back souvenirs with New Caledonian or French flair.

While the city centre is easily explored on foot, it’s also enjoyable to explore it comfortably by bus, tourist train, or private transport for a guided tour lasting from one to several hours. Don’t forget about the great public transport network and many car rental options.

Walking routes

When the weather allows, there’s nothing more enjoyable than strolling through the streets to admire the architecture and shops. Follow one of our themed walking itineraries on your smartphone, download the brochures, and explore the city centre at your own pace, based on your interests, between historical monuments, colonial houses, shops, and activities.